The Tale of Jack Martin
Summary: This last story from "The Pickwick Papers" finds Dickens in roister-doister form with a rollicking, enchanting tale of derring-do: featuring a hero, heroine, and a couple of posh, dastardly villains! On a visit to Edinburgh, Jack Martin spends a " heavy" last night with Scottish friends and, on his way home in the wee small hours, he stumbles across a park full of abandoned old mail coaches. Nodding off, he awakes to find a magical change as the coaches and their human contents spring into new life. Our hero is whisked away on a journey involving kidnap, conspiracy, sword play and a beautiful, feisty heroine in peril. Listen to how Jack makes it through to an exciting, romantic, but sadness-tinged denouement.